Waynesboro to get illuminated street signs along Pa. 16

August 19, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • One of the new signs to be placed along Pa. 16 in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Getting lost in Waynesboro is going to get harder thanks to new illuminated street signs at every intersection along Pa. 16.

Andrew Papoutsis, president of APX Enclosures Inc. of Mercersburg, Pa., donated illuminated street signs at intersections along Main Street, including Church, Broad and Grant streets, and Clayton, Potomac and Virginia avenues.

"We'd have some incidents on Main Street where people would get hit in the crosswalks because the street is so busy, and a lot of the problem is distracted (drivers) because they are driving while looking for street signs," Rep. Todd Rock said. "So, this is a perfect way to eliminate one of those distractions, and it didn't cost the taxpayers."

The Borough of Waynesboro is paying for the $8,000 installation of the signs, while the $20,000 cost of the signs is being donated by APX.

All the signs will be in place by next week.

Papoutsis has roots in Waynesboro so he wanted to give back to his hometown.

"It's my town. I lived here all my life," he said.

His family ran the Texas Lunch restaurant in Waynesboro.

"We were famous for our growlers (hot dogs)," said Papoutsis, who still remembers lining 12 of them on his arm and dressing them with mustard, chili and onions.

The restaurant may have closed but Papoutsis said his heart has remained in Waynesboro.

"When I go traveling — particularly in resort areas in Florida — all the street signs are illuminated, and it makes it much easier to know where you're going. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a GPS that says, 'Turn right, turn left,' and it's a safety issue. It's like (with) age I find it harder to see things. I need more light," he said.

He wants to see Waynesboro as a leader and a trendsetter in installing illuminated street signs.

During the day, drivers will notice a large sign at each intersection. But, at night they will look like a reflective sign when car headlights shine on them, according to Bill Smith, of ITS of Lancaster, Pa., who was present at a news conference Friday to discuss the signs.

"I drove through them (Thursday night), and they are highly visible, but they are not excessively bright," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamburger said. "So they don't hurt your eyes when you look at them. They are just right as far as the eyes. There is no glare."

Harold Mumma, president of Waynesboro Borough Council, said the lighting upgrade is about safety and tourism.

 "We're always looking for up-to-date technology for the safety of the residents to encourage people to come here, particularly visitors. They (visitors) come through, and they don't know the town like we do. It's a win-win situation," Mumma said

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